The shameful practice of dowry is alive and well in India. It keeps pace with times and we still need movies like Dawat e Ishq to send an anti-dowry message

The iPhone 6 is the Most Recent Dowry Demand!


  1. The evil practice of dowry is practiced in our country from ages. Despite laws against dowry, the practice still continues. It is sometimes given voluntarily by the bride’s family but mostly because the groom’s family expects or, as in many cases, demands it. The system of dowry has been banned in India since 1961. People are aware of it as an illegal act but the noxious thinking of people has led further to the devilry dowry-related problems. (Source: Alexis)
  2. It is a fact that one woman dies every hour due to dowry related reasons in our country. It is dismaying and shameful that mainstream films such as Dawat – e – Ishq still have to send out an anti-dowry message to the common people of the country, a message against something that is so deeply entrenched and ingrained in our culture and our psyche
  3. Dowry demands are a countrywide evil and statistics show that dowry related deaths are actually rising and not reducing. Dowry statistics from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) demonstrated that in 2001 6,851 dowry deaths were reported where as the number was 7,618 in 2006 and reached 8,233 in 2012. (Source – The Hindu)
  4. It used to be that the boys’ families demanded that which was most coveted for the time and social strata of the boy and the girl. The parents used to ask for TV, video, fridge or other household appliances as part of the dowry (cash and jewellery has always been taken for granted). Then it was demands of motorcycle, scooter and then the good old Maruti that was demanded.
  5. Now bigger better cars are demanded as part of the dowry and gadgets too. The most coveted and latest gadgets are now a part of the wish list of groom and/or his family members. If a shiny new Maruti was the demand then it the much coveted latest iPhone now.
  6. Women continue to be harassed for dowry and are either threatened, traumatised, tortured or sent back to their parents’ home as the ultimate ignominy. Parents of girls are forced to incur debt, sell off property and valuables and suffer other hardships just so that the grooms family are able to fulfill their avarice. (Source – India Times)
  7. But in certain places in India things are changing. For instance, Nilambur, a small town in North Kerala is a dowry free area. “You are entering a dowry-free area,” a board greets you as you enter this town. Not a single dowry related case has been reported in Nilambur in many years. Nilambur’s anti-dowry campaign began in 2007.only in india 9 DOWRY DEMANDS KEEP PACE WITH TIMES
  8. Young men and women took the challenge head on. There were public meetings in all villages, door-to-door campaigns, street plays and motivation classes. ‘Dump dowry’ associations were set up and informers were deployed to give a tip-off about such cases. Mass community marriages were conducted. ‘Say No To Dowry’ soon became the catchword of the area. “We fashioned it in a way that dowry is the biggest crime in one’s life and it did wonders, and we succeeded” said K Shabeer Ali, a volunteer.
  9. Coincidentally, Vijayendra Rao, PhD, a lead economist at the World Bank who has worked extensively on dowry violence and gender equity gives a similar solution. He says, “ The persuasion of community leaders that dowries are bad and unnecessary, will help. Legal and policy reforms are also necessary, including the use of special teams in police departments that work to reduce dowry violence.”
  10. A combination of changing mindsets through persuasion, changes in incentives via policy action, and outside enforcement of laws is required to stop dowries and violence against women in India,” Rao further adds.

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